Meet The Team


People and Culture Director

Minh-Trang Nguyen

Trang is currently completing her Bachelor’s degree in International Economics at Foreign Trade University Vietnam.

Having worked in different sectors of the Startup ecosystem – ranging from a governmental initiative agency, an early-stage startup to a social business incubator – and gained diverse cross-cultural working experience, Trang is passionate about technology and the use of data to create value for the enterprise, organization, and community.

Trang is specifically interested in ASEAN – Australia cross-regional partnership, having the opportunity to attend the Young Leaders Forum 2021 – an initiative by Australia – Vietnam Leadership Dialogue, and to join AASYP in 2022 as a People and Culture Co-Director.

People and Culture Director

Adi Sulistiyanto

Adi is an early career management consultant at Deloitte, Australia and People and Culture Director at AASYP.

He studied Economics and Chinese at the Monash University and Philosophy, Politics and International Studies and Indonesian at the University of Adelaide. As part of his studies he completed 3 exchange semesters at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta and Parahyangan Catholic University, Bandung.

His hobbies and interests include history, current affairs and fitness.

Community Director

Thonn Hsu Nwe Thant

Thonn is studying at National Management Degree College Myanmar, majoring in English For Professional Purposes. She also studied diplomas in Business Management at ABE, UK.

In 2019, she had started her contribution to the community and joined AIESEC as Project Assistant, and then she got promoted to Customer Service Manager. During her time at AIESEC, she created a project called “The World’s Largest Lesson in Myanmar” to raise awareness about SDGs among high-school students. After that, she worked as a Human Resources Officer at YSE, a non-profit organisation, for 15 months. Thonn also worked as Marketing Intern at Synapse Original and as Business Development Intern at JOBDOH Myanmar.

Thonn got selected as a delegate for the Asia Pacific Youth Camp 2019 held in Bali, Indonesia, which aimed at connecting young leaders with environmental activities. Besides, in 2021, she was chosen to participate in the Japan-ASEAN Students Council, and the American Europe Conference & Exchange Program, in which she received the “1st Winner of Academic Presentation” award.

Community Director

EJ Bitangcol

EJ is a third-year student at the University of Western Australia, where he is studying a Bachelor of Philosophy (Hons.), majoring in Economics and Finance.

Innately curious about the complex problems faced by society, EJ is passionate about utilising problem-solving & analytical skills to deliver tangible impact across communities. EJ is currently a project lead at a Perth-based student-run management consulting organisation and has previously held consulting roles within the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Alumni Director

Carly Norman

Carly recently graduated with a Master of International Relations at the University of Melbourne, focusing on international governance and law.

During her studies, Carly interned at the Government of Western Australia Department of Jobs Tourism Science and Innovation in Jakarta Indonesia. Currently, she works as an International Student Support Officer at the Consulate-General of the Sultanate of Oman in Melbourne, Australia.

Carly has a strong passion for diplomacy and soft power relations and is eager on strengthening the ASEAN-Australia relationship, and promote and empower youth leadership.

People and Culture Officer

Charlotte Do

Charlotte Do  is currently a junior year international business student at the National Economics University (NEU). As an economics student, Charlotte always tries to enhance her skills to improve herself to be creative, persistent, develop ideas, and try her best.

Charlotte has had  experienced working in Sales for Emfa Group in the position of Sales and as an Intern of the EPISTEME Scientific Research Project, led by YBOX founder – Mr. Dang Hong Thai and lecturer from the University of Tartu (Estonia) – Mr. Tran Nguyen Hoang Quan. Charlotte was also previously the Content Manager at iVolunteer Vietnam.  

People and Culture Officer

Shari Towns

Shari is an undergraduate student of Asian Studies and Development Studies at the Australian National University in Canberra. Her degree is focused in Asia-Pacific international relations, with a specific interest in Indonesia and Japan.

Shari has also pursued qualifications in Human Resource Management which she utilises as a People & Culture Officer within AASYP. She hopes to continue studying industrial relations and labour law in her postgraduate career.

People and Culture Officer

Karleigh Ha

Karleigh is an aspiring educator. She loves interacting with people from diverse cultures, and has a strong focus on social equity, health and wellbeing, multiculturalism, and LGBTIQ+.

People and Culture Officer

Charlotte Nhi Hoang

Charlotte is a second-year economics student but has a great passion for French and teaching French. She has an interest in healthy living, self development, and multiculturalism.

She loves spending time with her family, friends and the people around her (no matter how busy she is).

Community Officer

Fendi Widianto

Fendi is a communication and community development practitioner with interest in digital technology, community empowerment, and inclusion

Community Officer

James Nathaniel Refugio

James Nathaniel Refugio is a Licensed Professional Teacher in the Philippines. He graduated from Ateneo de Naga University with flying colors in 2017 and taking his Master in Mathematics in the same institution. Currently, he is a Juris Doctor Student and Antonio Moran Scholar at the University of Nueva Caceres.


Right now, he is working for the City Government of Naga who was assigned in various leadership roles designations, from being an Executive Assistant to the City Mayor, Training Development Officer, Director of Student Affairs up to now as an Instructor I of the City College of Naga of the same institution.


Alongside being the local organization administrator, he also dedicated his time to various training developments and learning opportunities. In fact, he graduated from all 17 courses in JCI in less than four months and conducted these JCI courses across the Asia Pacific in the same year.

Moreover, he is one of the JCI top trainers in the newest JCI course, Engage, Empower and Grow which focused on the local organization membership growth, recruitment, and retention.


People and Culture Officer

Fran Shaitama Sinaga

Fran graduated with a Bachelor degree of Mathematics from University of Bengkulu, Indonesia During his college years, he represented his university in various international and national debating competitions, he also choosen as best non-academic graduate student and National Language Ambassador for his province in 2020.

Fran currently working as a teacher for university students and junior high school students. He is interested in Data Analysis, international issues, and philosophy.

Alumni Officer

Alma Tiara Benita

Born and raised in several cities across Indonesia, Alma now resides in Jakarta Metropolitan Area. She is a recent graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Brawijaya, Indonesia. Currently working out of her comfort zones in the e-commerce industry. Quite an introvert at first, can be loud and friendly after getting to know others.

She has deep interests in global socio-political affairs, hence why AASYP is a great place to find bright minds with a similar passion throughout ASEAN-Australia as well as a place for growth.

Alumni Officer

Tan Kah Wei

Currently pursuing his master’s study by research at the University of Malaya, Tan is ambitious to deliver some novel research in providing new solutions or possible ways to save more human lives. 

He is an eager learner, a great collaborator and an astute person to work in a wonderful team. Please reach out to him for any stories that you may want to share and he will give his best opinion to you. Cheers!